Bottoms Up #56 – Knappogue Castle

Bottoms Up #56 – Knappogue Castle

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Ginny Tonic will freely admit that she knows bourbon, is above average on American whiskeys and has a passing knowledge of scotch. That said, her experience of Irish whiskey almost entirely consists of shots of Jameson done at the bars. That fact made Ginny and Charlie doubly excited to sit down with three single malt samples from Knappogue Castle and explore the taste this week. Join them as they explore a 12 year, a 14 year and a 16 year!


Run Time: 11 Minutes, 35 Seconds
Download the episode: bottomsup056.mp3

Knappogue Castle 12, Twin Wood 14, and Twin Wood 16
Year Old Single Malt Whiskeys

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From the official website knappoguewhiskey.com

Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old
Continuing an Andrews family tradition of exceptional quality Irish Single Malts.
Our Passion is for Perfection.

Knappogue Castle announces the first time release of its 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey. A new package design reflects the change from vintage dating to age designation. As the original vintage dated whiskey, Knappogue is undertaking this change to bring greater clarity to the age of the product.

“We found that some consumers didn’t realize how long Knappogue Castle Single Malt was aged, therefore missing a very important part of what we do to make it smooth, bright and spicy” observes Mark Andrews, son of the brand’s founder. “We want to be perfectly clear about the age of Knappogue Castle Single Malt. Now, there’s no need to calculate how long it was aged because we’re stating it boldly on the front label. The age of the product is something we’re proud of along with the fact that no color is added” says Mr. Andrews. “Although our standard offering will be the 12 year old single malt, we will continue to have special bottlings of rare and unique distillations which will most likely bear a vintage date.”

Tasting Notes: Mellow, well rounded, well balanced, medium intensity; a bright, elegant fruit and mildly spicy taste with a medium-long, clean finish.

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“Knappogue Castle Twin Wood , bottled in 2010, is a 16-year-old Irish whiskey with a slight amber tinge to its golden hue, and a much more prominent taste. Triple distilled, Knappogue Castle’s characteristically smooth, mellow flavor is enhanced by the nutty sherried nuances of yeasty oak, apples, and olives. Only 1,900 signed and numbered bottles are being offered, making this an Irish whiskey as individualistic as the 1951 vintage it celebrates.”  – Richard Carlton Hacker—The Robb Report, March 2010

With the help of the finest distillers and craftsmen, we bring you Knappogue TWIN WOOD — the first Sherry Finished Knappogue Castle matured for sixteen years in two types of wood. The result is a perfectly balanced single malt Irish whiskey with a complex, rich taste and a slightly sweet sherry finish.

We took the best of our 1994 vintage distilled single malt and aged it for just over fifteen years in bourbon barrels for our signature smooth taste. This perfect whiskey was then put into casks especially seasoned for Knappogue using Oloroso Sherry. We bottled only 1,900 bottles of this exquisite whiskey in December of 2010. Each individually numbered bottle is a true work of art.

Our Passion is for Perfection. Experience it in Knappogue Twin Wood.

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Check out more from Ginny  in an article she contributed to over at Queen City Drinks!

Whiskey Review: Knappogue Castle 12, Twin Wood 14,
and Twin Wood16 year old single malt whiskeys

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